Environmental Services

Environmental Consulting

Materials Testing & Inspection has extensive experience in providing environmental consulting services to clients throughout the Northwest. Our staff includes professional geologists, hazardous materials specialists, environmental inspectors, hydrologists, microscopists, registered environmental assessors, and AHERA asbestos inspectors, planners, and designers. With experience in virtually every aspect of investigation and remediation, we have gained a reputation for providing cost-effective solutions to complex environmental problems.

Environmental Site Assessments (ESA)

ESAs call for special expertise. MTI's Environmental Services department is a pioneer in performing environmental site assessments (ESAs) in Idaho. Initially there were no guidelines, protocols, or regulations requiring assessments-much less governing how they were to be performed or what they were to include. With the potential for often overwhelming liability on the part of landowners and financial backers, MTI developed one of the early assessment protocols in Boise to determine and establish effective baselines and quality control guidelines. This protocol has been followed by many locally and is a mirror image of the nationwide protocols established today.

Remediation Design

When contamination is identified, the next step is corrective action. A Corrective Action Plan (CAP) consists of the necessary activities to eliminate or mitigate the source of contamination through a variety of techniques. These include excavation and disposal, in-situ treatment, isolation, natural attenuation and monitoring, and others. The CAP also defines the type of testing needed to validate the effectiveness of the cleanup activity and the regulatory standards used to determine satisfactory completion. Along with quality assurance standards, hazardous material handling procedures, safety plans, and related topics; the design should provide comprehensive guidance to complete the remediation, satisfy all permitting and regulatory requirements, and validation of sampling and monitoring.

Erosion and Sediment Control Plans (ESC)

ESC plans are designed by MTI's licensed personnel for use by property owners, contractors and construction site inspectors. These plans provide the information needed for implementation of control measures intended to prevent erosion and off-site sedimentation as outlined, defined, and required by the Environmental Protection Agency and/or local municipalities.

Site Cleanup

Choosing a particular cleanup response is based on many factors. The process is simplified by tried-and-true methods as well as State and Federal regulatory guidelines. MTI is trained and knowledgeable in all applicable EPA, OSHA, and state and federal Administrative Rules. Our professionals have received training in REM, RBDM, and MCTA risk-based evaluation methods. Those methods, formerly known as Risk-Based Correction Action (RBCA) and now called the Risk Evaluation Manual (REM), are the standards used to perform Tier 0, 1, and 2 closure assessments, prepare Corrective Action Plans (CAP), and implement cleanup procedures. Cleanup may involve in-place remediation techniques such as Air-Sparge and Vapor Extraction, Bioremediation, and Natural Attenuation. They may include Excavation and Land-Farming or Disposal, Pump-and-Treat Groundwater Systems, periodic monitoring or a combination of multiple techniques. MTI has the skills and experience to confront any type of cleanup challenge.

Soil and Groundwater Investigation

When petroleum or hazardous materials release involves contamination of soil or groundwater, it is essential to understand the magnitude of the contamination before a cleanup can begin. This investigation, commonly known as Phase II Assessment, involves subsurface sampling and field and laboratory analysis. MTI offers complete and comprehensive services in contamination investigation using the best available technologies. Once the extent of contamination is understood, MTI can provide a variety of solutions to a property owner so the most feasible solution can be selected. Cost is an important factor in any remediation project and MTI specializes in identifying cost as part of a thorough investigation.

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)

SWPPP plans are designed by MTI's licensed personnel for use by property owners, contractors, and construction site inspectors. These plans provide the information needed for implementation of control measures intended to prevent erosion and off-site sedimentation as outlined, defined, and required by the Environmental Protection Agency and/or local municipalities.

Underground Storage Tank (UST) Decommissioning

The proper locating, excavation, removal, and disposal of USTs is known as decommissioning. It involves the safe handling and destruction of a UST as well as proper record keeping. UST decommissioning can be dangerous and costly if conducted inappropriately and should only be attempted by experts. MTI has such experts with a combined experience of over 35 years.

Asbestos Services

The first step in almost any asbestos project is determining what asbestos containing materials (ACM) exist in a building. MTI offers this service timely and cost-effectively by staffing multiple AHERA certified building inspectors ready to conduct inspections.

Lead Surveys

Materials Testing & Inspection has several methods to help determine if you have Lead-Based Paint (LBP) or other lead concerns are in your building.  We can also assist you in achieving compliance with OSHA, EPA, and HUD.  MTI is very familiar with Title X regulations which deals with lead services in 'federally supported work', which is defined in the Act as “any lead hazard evaluation or reduction activities conducted in federally owned or assisted housing or funded in whole or in part through any financial assistance program” of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The Act defines 'federally owned housing' as “residential dwellings owned or managed by a Federal agency, or for which a Federal agency is a trustee or conservator.”  Guidelines of the Evaluation and Control of Lead based Paint Hazards in Housing.

MTI offers multiple options to meet the various lead regulatory requirements.

Mold Surveys

MTI has operated as a leading environmental firm for over ten years, and was one of the first local firms to offer mold and other indoor air quality services in Idaho. When mold is discovered in a building, the owner or occupant is often confronted with confusing and contradictory information. MTI can help owners make proper decisions and save money by providing accurate information and rational recommendations. By working with Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs), mycology laboratories, and restoration contractors, we have developed effective and common-sense based solutions to mold problems.